“Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
On the Prowl is a wonderful collection of paranormal romance tales with strong heroines gifted with some pretty impressive abilities. At the same time though, even the strongest of women can use a little help from their man…
In Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, we meet Anna, a recently turned werewolf, whom everyone believes to be a true submissive wolf. But when the Charles Cornick arrives, son of the Marrok werewolf (or king as we humans understand better), arrives to investigate some problems in the Chicago pack, he knows immediately that Anna is more than anyone thinks, and is one very special female he could easily fall for.
This was my first foray into Patricia Briggs’s werewolf society and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fortunately, though I assume this takes place in the same society as in her two most recent werewolf books, I did not need to read them first. I had no problem following along with the rules of the werewolves and unfolding events. There are also some very interesting twists thrown into the story that explain just what did happen to the missing werewolves in the pack and why there are no females besides Anna and the pack leader’s mate.
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks introduces us to Kai and Nathan. Kai has a special ability to sense people’s feelings, but not by normal means. She sees something that is similar to but not exactly the same as auras and through these she hears and feels what other people are going through. She knows there is something very mysterious about her neighbor Nathan, though even her gifts can’t help her figure out what that is. When someone or something goes on a murderous rampage, witnesses claim it is Kai committing the crimes. But can she prove her innocence if she goes on the run with sexy neighbor Nathan?
I had the hardest time following Inhuman out of all the stories in this anthology. I’ve never read anything by Wilks before though I have several of her books on my book shelf, most of which occur in the same world as this story does. I was very confused about the rules of magic in this world. Then there was the added circumstance of a powerful magic storm blowing through the country that threw numerous worlds and universes into chaos. As it turns out, Inhuman is the beginning of a new set of stories that focus on Nathan and Kai. I can only hope that future books in the series explain things more clearly for those of us new to the minds of Eileen Wilks and her players.
Claire is a rarity in the world of mages who when assisting her boss in a large sale, finds herself on the auction block. When Heidar of one of the Fae tribes helps Claire escape, he never realized he was only Buying Trouble (by Karen Chance). Now they are on the run and in the midst of it all, Claire finds out she is far more powerful than anyone, including herself, ever anticipated.
I’m a huge fan of Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer books so I was glad to see this story in the same world but featuring different characters and many more magical creatures. We learn a little bit more about the different kinds of Fae in the author’s worlds through Heidar’s explanations to Claire of the differences between them. One additional aspect I enjoyed is the strong romance. Yes, there is some romance in Cassie’s series, but while those books are more urban fantasy than romance, Buying Trouble is the reverse. Fans of Karen Chance, be they new or “old,” will find themselves enjoying this story, which was probably my favorite in the collection.
In Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny, the erotic adventures of Mixed Blood Monère and new queen, Mona Lisa continues. While attending a Council meeting, she comes in contact with demon princess Lucinda and suddenly finds herself in great agony as she begins to learn of a whole other side to herself she never knew she had. Only one man can help her through the discovery.
I could not get into Mona Lisa Betwining for anything and I’d have to say it’s my least favorite story in On the Prowl. Though it fit the general overall theme of this collection, I do not feel it really belonged. It was much sexier than any of the other stories, being erotica and I felt, unfortunately, that the sex outweighed the plot, something I’ve never been a fan of. I had great difficulty following what was actually happening, probably because I’ve not read any of the previous books in the Mona Lisa series. Also, I had a very hard time believing that Mona Lisa, mourning her lost love would suddenly one day realize her grief has ended and start jumping into bed (figuratively speaking since a bed is not usually involved) with each man that catches her eye and then suddenly realizing that one of those men is surprise, her new love.
Within the covers of On the Prowl, readers can explore the worlds of a variety of magical creatures, all while getting that necessary romantic fix for us romance readers. We find werewolves, empaths (which is about as close as I can come to categorizing one heroine though it still doesn’t quite fit), mages, were-tigers, and then some. There are varying degrees of heat in each story as well, so fans of tamer romance and erotic romance are sure to find something to suit their mood. I enjoyed my introduction to some of these worlds, and loved the chance to revisit others, in On the Prowl and I expect you will too.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, July 2007. All rights reserved.”